Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Joe Slucher's Review of Lazy Nezumi Photoshop Plug In

I have had a friend suggest this plugin in the past. Joe Slucher's review might push me to actually download it.

If you do linework in Photoshop, it may be a must have!

Lazy Nezumi Plugin Review

Closing: Empire Built on Ghosts

Anthony “Tank” Mansfield, Jaimie Filer, Christina Wald
If you missed the opening, check out the show closing bash for Anthony Tank Mansfield, Jaimie Filer, and me on Saturday, January 3rd at Popp=d ART on 2622 Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 (Short Vine in Clifton) at 7 until 10 pm.

There will also be ninja and zombie cookies courtesy of my friend Katie and her amazing baking skills.

Making a special appearance...
Vincent is also in the show...

Friday, December 26, 2014

Holiday Sketches and Sketching at Krohn Conservatory

a tower of poinsettas, amy bogard
roebling bridge of sticks and bark, amy bogard
christina's sketch with the location
christina wald's finished sketch

Amy Bogard and Christina Wald can often be seen around town sketching city sites, and we don't slow down during the busy holiday season.  Yesterday we visited the lovely Krohn Conservatory to sketch their holiday display.  It is beautiful, filled with Cincinnati icons made out of natural materials.We found out later from Chuck Rekow that the display was done by Applied Imagination.

we were fortunate to find a bench to settle into
christina wald sketches

When not out sketching, we both work on our own projects.  Amy's character, Ginger Small, really enjoys readying for the holidays.  

And Christina created this Stagfox to grace her holiday cards. 

Wishing all of you and yours a wonderful and restful holiday and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Illustrator News: Will Hillenbrand on WVXU

Will Hillenbrand will be on The Book Club @91.7 with Mark Perzel Saturday morning at 7am, December 13th.

More info here:

Empire Built on Ghosts Show Opening December 15th

Check out the show opening for Anthony Tank Mansfield, Jaimie Filer, and me on Monday, December 15th at Popp=d ART on 2622 Vine St, Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 at 5:00 until 8 pm.

We will be on hand with a bunch of prints and originals just in time for your favorite winter holiday of choice.

More info here:

Classes: Jim Effler

Join Jim Effler for Painting with Modern Methods and Classical Principals at the Evendale Cultural Arts Center Wed. evenings 6:30 to 8:30, Jan. 7,2015 to Feb 11,2015

More details here...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Don't Forget! This Sunday is the Illustrators Christmas Party!


Christmas Party is Sunday, December 14th at 6 PM at Slatt's.

RSVP by Friday, December 12th!

Party FAQ

1. Even if you cannot make it to the weekly lunch, the party is a good way to see everyone who cannot make it regularly.

2. After dinner, they let us take over the room and everyone brings artwork to set up and show off on the tables if they want to after they are cleared.

3. There is no advance fee and everyone gets separate checks. Slatt's is very accommodating. You can get dinner or just a drink.

Hope to see you there!

Slatts Pub

(513) 791-2223
4858 Cooper Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242

Friday, December 5, 2014

Illustrations for "Bubbles" audio drama

After submitting the original illustration for "Bubbles" -- a science fiction audio drama that will premiere January 5 on Earbud Theater -- I was asked by the author to do an alternate version featuring the titular time bubbles in the story.

As you can see in my original sketch, I had envisioned using the time bubbles, but the further I rendered the first piece, the more I realized the time bubbles would just clutter things up. For the revised version, I decided to put all the elements into various time bubbles, and have them floating along in a quantum foam.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quickdraw Tonight!

Open Session 

Two open hours of short poses, to develop speed and capture energy!

Thursday, December 4th, 7-9 pm (tonight!)

Join us for a high-energy evening of OPEN, uninstructed gesture and short-pose figure drawing. Practice capturing movement and hone your intuitive sense of anatomy in a session of life drawing focused on multiple poses and gesture drawing. The session will begin with poses ranging from 30 seconds to two minutes, and later move on to 5 to 15 minute poses. Participants must provide their own materials.


Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville
4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor)

Go here for more information or to register online (can also register at the door)

Cost: $12 ($6 for college and high school students)
(participants still must register in advance or upon arriving at the Drawing Center) 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Work-in-progress: "Bubbles" for Earbud Theater

My latest illustration for an Earbud Theater science fiction audio drama, this time for a story called "Bubbles." I'm still fiddling with it, so there will probably be an updated version next week.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Max and Maggy

These are two characters I was commissioned to design for a small startup that's creating a product to help kids with their fine motor skills.

Preview of the Mummy Exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center

Christina Wald and Amy Bogard
Amy Bogard and I recently had the opportunity to preview the new Mummy exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

We brought our sketchbooks along (well yes, they are always with us actually) There was a lot to choose from and we have sketched at the Museum Center a couple times before.  The exhibit focuses on mummification around the world and the science of decomposition in addition to the expected Egyptian mummies.

Some aspects of the exhibit are very moving. It is amazing how quickly we return to the decayed leaf litter when we die. Everything goes back to the dust it arose from ( Carl Sagan said "we are all star stuff" which is a much prettier way to say that.)

There are also cadavers used for scientific study in the show. We have a couple medical illustrators who come to the illustrators lunch occasionally and one recently brought pictures of a cadaver arm she drew from for a project. They made me think of her and the tradition of Leonardo Da Vinci. Although oddly we did not sketch that part of the show.

The creepiest part of the exhibit are the shrunken heads; definitely examples of the darker circumstances of death.

Anyway, here are some of the exhibits we did sketch from...

Sketch by Amy Bogard
This was in the shrunken head room.

Perhaps the creepiest photo of the day of Christina Wald sketching

Final shrunken head sketch by Christina Wald

  Here are some sketches Amy did of natural mummification of a child found in Peru.

Pages from Amy Bogard's aketchbook
Amy Bogard's final sketch

The main Egyptian Mummy room by Chrisitna Wald
We sketched a lot there but added color when we got home. It was too dark in the exhibit to paint. It is an amazing place to sketch though. The act of studying and drawing makes the experience stick with you.

Sketch by Christina Wald
Check out Amy Bogard's post here:

Amy also does an amazing sketch journal workshop in Taos, New Mexico every June. It is amazing! I hope to go again some year...

We are looking for more indoor places to sketch for the winter. Ideas? 

Thanks to WCPO Insider for the free tickets for this post c/o (courtesy of WCPO Insider).